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New Jewels and Stuff

I have been working on some new pieces and thought that I would share my treasures!

blackandcoralThis ensemble started with the earrings, which I found at the Goodwill Store, they were .99. Many years later I found the bracelet on eBay, it was a bit more, $22.99. I started searching for a necklace or something to go with my ensemble, and I found these vintage (new/old stock) glass cabs, with a two-hole channel on the back. I searched for a while longer to find the right beads (all new). The bracelet to the right uses vintage glass sew-through beads with vintage buttons and new glass beads.

coins and chainThis necklace started with the big link chain that is used in the lower portion of the necklace. My friend Phred gave me some smaller lengths of chain to “play with” which I wove through the big links. I then used old coins that had  holes in the middle; I inserted vintage livery buttons into the holes. I then inserted a jump ring into the shank of the button, and attached each coin/button combo to a link in the chain. I added a smaller chain to extend the necklace. I found the earrings, made from vintage American coins on eBay.

cats meowThis is called “Cat’s Meow”, of course! The base of the necklace is made from a picot edge grosgrain ribbon that has been stitched and embellished with a silk rouleau cord. I started collecting cat buttons after I found these fabulous enamel earrings. The larger cat faces are made from papier mache,  the other buttons include plastic, metal and glass. I have a charm bracelet with silver and gold colored cats.

chain linkThis necklace started with bits of left over chain (some given to me by my buddy Phred) in all shapes, metal colors and sizes. I linked the lengths together to make one length for a necklace. I then found all sorts of charms in silver, copper and antique brass colors. These I added at intervals to the chains, in a random-ish pattern (meaning the necklace is balanced but the charms rest on different portions of chain).

buddyBuddy, started with two antique glass doll eyes. I just fell in love with the brown color, and wanted to make a cat face. So I drew a few samples and this is the image that I came up with. He rests at 2-1/2″ wide x 2-1/2″ tall. He is made from synthetic felt, and is embroidered with cotton floss.

Thanks for stopping by! ~Christen

Elegantly Embroidered Silk Gardens: New Class

Elegant Gardens Wall Hanging/10 Lessons/$90.00

silk ribbon embroidery with ribbonwork flowers

Elegant Gardens consists of nine individual panels worked in a variety of silk bias ribbons and silk embroidery ribbons. Each individual garden is worked in a variety of stitches, which also include extra embellishments such as buttons, vintage lace or charms. Each of these vignettes could also be worked into an existing quilt block or square. There are fourteen embroidery stitches, which you will learn in Lesson 1. There are nine ribbonwork flowers that you will learn throughout the following lessons, with variations of the fourteen embroidery stitches.

Lesson 1: In this class you will learn the embroidery stitches that include the blanket, feather, pistol stitch, outline, straight, couched, lazy daisy, bullion, French knot, ribbon stitch, bullion tipped lazy daisy, petite rose center, ribbon rose and loop stitch. These will be worked in silk embroidery ribbon and threads. In the second part of the lesson you will prepare your squares of fabric for the following classes.

Panel 1~ Roses • Panel 2~ Lace and Irises • Panel 3~ Hanging Heart Vines

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Panel 4~ Lace and Pansies • Panel 5~ Lace, Roses and Vines • Panel 6~ Ribbon Basket

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Panel 7~ Fuchsias • Panel 8~ Hanky Basket • Panel 9~Lace and Vines

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Enchanted: MMM challenge

mixed media collageThis is my entry for Mixed Media Monday hosted by Lori, with the theme Enchanted. This collage started with a greeting card that was given to me by a friend. I was enchanted with the drawing, and I love this group of ladies. I imagine them having a lovely tea party. I have added art paper, trim, ribbon worked flowers and vintage buttons.

Enjoy- Christen

Paris Exposition: Gothic Arches challenge

mixed media collage

This weeks theme over at Gothic Arches is “Paris Exposition” hosted by the very talented Lynn Stevens. I chose the 1889 exposition, because that is when the building of the Eiffel Tower had begun.

The lovely lady is from Old Photo Album. I found old posters and post cards on the web which I  copied and manipulated digitally, then printed them on heavy stock paper. I created a collage of the images around this lovely lady, adding in acrylic paints and ink pen details. I added in vintage buttons and a few roses made from an old zipper with a ric-rac detail for the out edges.

Very fun, wish I could have been there to see the exposition in person!

Friday’s Favorites: Mother of Pearl part 5

Friday’s Favorites finishes off the month with Wearable Art and Collage Art pieces that I have made which included mother of pearl, Tahiti and brown mussel shell buttons.

mother of pearl buttons, collageLothlorian Twilight~ Collage Art

collage of wearable art with mop buttons

silk ribbon embroidery with mother of pearl buttons

Days of Wine and Roses~ Wearable Art

collage of wearable art with mother of pearl buttons

heart shapes covered in MOP buttons

Pearls From My Heart~ Collage Art

Creativity opens hearts and minds, share your talents with the world because we all benefit.
Enjoy- Christen

Mardi Gras: MMM challenge

Mardi Gras maskThis is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s challenge: Mardi Gras.

The mask is made from scraps of fabric, ribbon, and thread lace. I have added in ribbon worked flowers and leaves; vintage glass buttons; glass bead embellishments; and vintage and new sequins to create this festive mask.
(My daughter provided the beads for the hanger!)

Enjoy what you do! Christen

Tea on Tuesday: Pretty in Pink

vintage tea mug, vintage lace

Pretty in Pink

Continuing with this months theme “Pink”, I thought that I would give you a little sizzle and feature “hot pink”! This color always reminds me of bubble gum, the ’60’s and cotton candy; and I of course love the movie too!

My Raspberry Zinger tastes especially good in this mug with the lovely pattern of swirls and flowers. I have also included a fascinator that I made with vintage milliner flowers and leaves and French wire ribbon, I wear it with the scarf that is shown further down the post. The vintage necklace is made from carved MOP flowers; and the vintage metal rose was a pin worn by my husband’s grandmother.

vintage buttons and beads

This is a close-up view of some of my favorite buttons and beads, all wonderfully interpret the color pink. Clockwise from the left: vintage carved pink shell buttons; pink fabric beads made in India; dyed pink flower charms; my favorite vintage glass bubble buttons; vintage molded glass heart shaped buttons; hand blown heart shaped glass beads; carved pink shell disc.

vintage lace

This is a group of vintage lace, a set of pink fingerless gloves, and vintage beads with my initial. The heart and trim on the left is crochet lace, and the trim to the right is tatted. What I will do with all of these initials I do not know yet!

knit scarf

This is a scarf that I knit from hot pink silk yarn and silk ribbon. I tied bits of silk ribbon into a ball, and knit two rows with the hot pink silk yarn, then knit two rows of the tied silk ribbon, and back to the silk yarn. Pretty simple and good thing too, cause I can’t follow a pattern!

pink bougainvillea

I will leave you with this last photo which is our Bougainvillea bush on the side of the house. It is full of a charming group of peep-peeps, which is my generic term for small happy birds that talk alot!

Happy tea to you, please join Kimmie and the rest of the group, everyone is welcome! enjoy, Christen

PS: I will be posting a special Valentine’s Day tea on Sunday!

PSS: If you haven’t signed up to win my offering for “One World One Heart” please do so!

Friday’s Favorites: Mother of Pearl part 2

necklace made from vintage and new mother of pearl buttons

Enchanted Butterflies

Friday’s Favorites is continuing this month with Mother of pearl. This week I want to show you jewelry that I have made with MOP buttons, charms and beads.

Enchanted Butterflies is an adaptation of my “Entwined Treasures” pattern. The base is created by entwining and stitching silk cords, into a base. This base is then embellished with buttons and charms, and the beads are attached with the peyote stitch.

ribbon bracelets stitched with vintage mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Button Bracelets

Button bracelets have been around for many decades. You may have one of those cuff bracelets that your mom made with an elastic crochet or stretchy gimp base that is encrusted with vintage buttons and beads.
These two bracelets here are a take-off on those original bracelets.
I chose to use a ribbon for the base (because I don’t like the elastic), using a button for the closure. The top bracelet, which is a sample of my “Klimpt Kollage Kuff” pattern, is encrusted with buttons, while the buttons are stitched in a design on the bottom bracelet.

vintage tie neckpiece

Hopscotch

The neck-piece here is made from the tie that my dad wore at his wedding. The buttons are vintage carved Mother of pearl with celluloid discs.
The pin base is a wide ribbon, encrusted with Mother of pearl buttons and buckles, celluloid buttons, and roses that I made from gimp and vintage zippers.

necklace strand made from amethyst and mother of pearl buttons

Pearl's Delight

This necklace incorporates small mother of pearl buttons with beads, strung on #10 Soft Flex.. The beads are amethyst, fresh water pearls, mother of pearl and seed beads. This necklace and the bracelets below were created to wear with “Pearl’s Delight” jacket ensemble, that is covered in vintage lace and vintage Mother of pearl buttons.

bracelets made from mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Bracelets

These bracelets are all made from vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The top and bottom bracelets are samples from my “Bohemian Button Bracelet” pattern, these are strung on Soft Flex as the necklace above. The middle bracelet is a sample of my “Button Bracelet” pattern using the peyote stitch.

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Vintage at Heart

These are two pins that I made using vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The pin on the left is made from muslin fabric and is covered with buttons. The pin to the right is made from silk fabric with a piece of vintage lace, the buttons are all carved.

Vintage Mother of pearl buttons are still around in some abundance, what will you make with them?
Enjoy what you do, it’s good for you! Christen

Let’s Play Dress-Up: January Outfit

art doll

Lizbeth

I am joining a group for a year, we are playing Dress Up. Our challenge is to make a dress a month (mine is a little late for January), and to create a wardrobe for the clothes.

I decided to make a doll for the finished clothes, her name is Lizbeth. I named her after a girl that I met in design school, we became fast friends. I will tell you more about her in the months to come.

vintage lace dress

January Dress-UP

Here is her outfit for January. I layered vintage lace over a base of a ripped hanky and lace. I stitched this collage down by hand and machine. Her bonnet is made from a crochet flower with added silk ribbon trim. Her boots are made from muslin. All of these pieces fit on to her body with wire and ribbon.

doll body

Lizbeth

Here is her body, I just quickly put it together, using a mannequin shape for her frame.

Her arms and legs are made from wire, which I wrapped with silk ribbon. Her body is made from muslin. Her face is hand painted and detailed with ink pens.

Her wardrobe (shown above in the first picture) will be decorated in the months to come.

If you want to join us for Dress-UP pop on over to Alice and Camilla: Project 2010!

Enjoy- Christen

Tea on Tuesday: Red and her fellow Primaries

apple tea-pot and mug

Tea on Tuesday

Tea on Tuesday today is Lemon Zinger, hoping that the “zing” will take away the “sting” from my chocolate hangover… which is totally my fault and not worthy of sympathy. I am unfortunately allergic to vanilla which is found in many things including my favorite health food- chocolate, and last night I binged on half a bag of M&M’s ($%?!) argh!!!!

This week RED is featured with her other two primaries blue and yellow. I found this wonderful tea-pot with the apples on it a few years ago, and while foraging for more red cups a few weeks ago I found this mug with the beautiful apple on it.

vintage buttons, vintage hanky

Phred's Daizies

Here is a close-up of one of my favorite button necklaces made from many buttons given to me by my best friend Phred, who is one of my dearest friends, staunchest supporters, tailor extraordinaire, and all time counter part! This group of lovely vintage celluloid and plastic buttons were gathered from here and there and the white buttons were from his mother’s collection; the center piece is a fur clip with celluloid flowers. I have placed the necklace and bracelets (below) on another one of my vintage handkerchiefs. This one is from St. Louis, it is really pretty with a rounded scalloped edge and I love the berries on the state flower!

vintage buttons, felt heart

Heartfully Rendered

Here is a close-up of the bracelets that I made for the ensemble. The bracelet on the left is made from vintage glass buttons all coming from the Czech Republic, stitched with vintage and new beads. The bracelet on the right is made from vintage and new charms that are attached to a vintage celluloid chain. The earrings in the center are made from a molded material called “Feather Weights”. The felt heart with felt flowers and embroidery was made a very long time ago, but it still looks nice with this group.

Well I am thinking that a little aspirin and a good walk might take care of the chocolate hangover, so I am off for now. Please join Kimmie and the rest of the ladies for a cup of tea, pleasant conversation, and a wonderful day.

digital image
PS: I decided to create a digital mosaic image with the picture that I took, just cause it looked kind of cool. Enjoy your day!